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China Arrests Suspect for Customer Data Leak at Accor Partner

Shanghai police have arrested a man in connection with a data leak at NASDAQ-listed Chinese hotelier Huazhu Group after the suspect failed to sell the information online.

The 30-year-old suspect had hacked and stolen user data from hotels under Huazhu Group and tried to sell it on overseas websites, the police said in a statement late Wednesday.

Huazhu, one of China's biggest hoteliers and the local partner of France-based AccorHotels, had alerted police to reports in August that the company's internal data was being sold online.

Huazhu Group said in a statement to the New York stock exchange on Monday that "the suspect also attempted to blackmail Huazhu by leveraging public pressure, without success".

The potentially-leaked data included guest membership information, personal IDs, check-in records, guest names, mobile numbers and emails.

Shanghai police said the case is under further investigation.

Huazhu operates more than 3,000 hotels in more than 370 cities in China,...(continued)

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